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W.K. Kellogg Foundation;
The purpose of this report is to highlight the business case for racial equity -- stressing the importance of racial equity as both an imperative for social justice and a strategy for New Mexico's economic development and growth. As advancing racial equity requires the work of many stakeholders, we hope that the information in this report will be meaningful, useful and actionable for leaders, change agents and influencers within New Mexico's businesses, communities, and institutions.
New Mexico Voices for Children;
New Mexico's children will determine the future of the state, so ensuring that they have all the opportunities they need to succeed is crucial for our state's prosperity. Children living in poverty are less likely to have enriching opportunities that help them reach their full potential, which is one of the reasons poverty is so difficult to escape. In New Mexico, nearly one in three – or 145,000 – children are living in poverty. Our high rate of child poverty is the main reason the state is ranked worst in the country for overall child well-being. That does not bode well for the future of New Mexico.High rates of child poverty are not surprising when we consider that one in five New Mexicans lives in poverty, and the median income in New Mexico is 17 percent lower than the national average. When looking at our hourly workforce, 31 percent are earning low wages, meaning their wage is at or near the state's minimum wage of $7.50 an hour. This represents 245,894 hard-working New Mexicans. Add to that 100,596 children who have at least one parent earning low wages.
Everytown For Gun Safety;
In October 2016, a violent felon from Deming tried to buy a gun. He had recently served time in prison for three felonies related to a domestic violence incident: armed with a revolver, he choked his fiancée, told her he would break her neck, and tried to force her into the trunk of her car. His felony convictions made it illegal for him to buy or possess firearms — but now he was online and actively shopping for a Glock handgun. If he had tried to buy one at a licensed dealer, where background checks are legally required, his felony convictions would have blocked the sale. Instead, he turned to online ads—where, because of a loophole in the law in New Mexico, gun sales can be arranged with no background check required.Policymakers have long recognized that it's dangerous for people with a felony conviction, a history of domestic abuse, or serious mental illness to have guns. People with such records, like the man described above, are legally prohibited from buying or possessing guns. That's why licensed gun dealers—Walmart, Dick's Sporting Goods, or any of the hundreds of local gun stores across New Mexico—are legally required to contact the background check system to run a check on every buyer. When someone who is not allowed to have a gun attempts to make a purchase, the background check blocks the sale.But there's a problem with this system. In New Mexico, because of a dangerous loophole in the law—referred to as the background check loophole—background checks are not required when guns are sold by individuals who are not licensed dealers. These sales are called "unlicensed" gun sales, and they aren't just taking place between friends or neighbors—they're taking place on the internet. Websites like Armslist.com, the "Craigslist for guns," provide a platform for unlicensed gun sales to be arranged online, between strangers. Because of the background check loophole, criminals can turn to these online unlicensed sales to arm themselves illegally, no background check required, no questions asked.
The Notah Begay III Foundation;
After introducing key health factors, this report highlights relevant research on the health of Native American children in New Mexico. The overall purpose of the report is just not to raise awareness. It is intended to help guide discussions and support policy developments that improve future wellbeing of the Native American children of New Mexico. It concludes with a look at indigenous indicators and future opportunities.
R. Michael Alvarez of the California Institute of Technology and Jonathan Nagler of NYU analyze the likely impact of Election Day Registration on voter turnout in New Mexico. Among the findings: Overall turnout could go up by 5.6 percent. Turnout among those aged 18 to 25 could increase by 10.2 percent. Turnout for those who have moved in the last six months could increase by 9.0 percent. Turnout among Latinos could increase by 6.4 percent. Turnout among the poorest citizens could increase by 6.3 percent. Turnout among the wealthiest citizens would likely increase by 3.2 percent.
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy;
Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing and Civic Engagement in New Mexico by Lisa Ranghelli looks at 2003-2007 data from 14 New Mexico nonprofits, which shows high return on investments and successful policy changes that benefit New Mexicans, such as anti-predatory lending laws, minimum wage increases and homeless trust funds.
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by New Mexico Association of Food Banks. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed in-person interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network.Key Findings: The FA system served by New Mexico Association of Food Banks provides emergency food for an estimated 232,200 different people annually.40% of the members of households served by New Mexico Association of Food Banks are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).32% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 84% are food insecure and 37% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 188.8.131.52).54% of clients served by New Mexico Association of Food Banks report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).45% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).41% of households served by New Mexico Association of Food Banks report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)New Mexico Association of Food Banks included approximately 485 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 454 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 323 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.63% of pantries, 56% of kitchens, and 39% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).Among programs that existed in 2006, 75% of pantries, 76% of kitchens, and 66% of shelters of New Mexico Association of Food Banks reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 83% of the food distributed by pantries, 41% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 32% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 87% of pantries, 89% of kitchens, and 53% of shelters in New Mexico Association of Food Banks use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
Based on discussions with policy makers and educators, outlines strategies for providing family supports, health care, and extended learning activities in schools. Suggestions include enhancing behavioral and mental health programs and staff support.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;
Examines enrollment trends in a public/private partnership that provides access to subsidized health insurance for low-income adults as well as survey findings on the experiences of those enrolled directly.
New Mexico Association of Grantmakers;
At the beginning of 2010, the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers (NMAG ) asked Chris Sturgis of MetisNet to explore ways in which philanthropic investments could be structured to lead to improved student achievement and to produce a more effective public education system. This paper is designed to provoke discussion among funders and educational leadership to discover ways to maximize the benefits of philanthropic investments in New Mexico.
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy;
Analyzes by issue area the aggregate monetary benefit of advocacy and organizing efforts of fourteen organizations working with underrepresented groups, return on investment, and foundation funding. Explores non-quantifiable impacts and strategies.